ABOUT THE PROJECT

Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) and Integrated Philippines Association of Optometrists (IPAO) commit to support residents of Marawi, Philippines, vision care solutions in the rebuilding and rehabilitating of Marawi by year 2020.

Marawi, Philippines

Dates: April 2018 – 2020
Duration: 3 years
People to screen: 250,000
Eyeglasses to give: 20,000

Volunteers: >10

EVF Restoring Sight in Marawi 2020 (20)
EVF Restoring Sight in Marawi 2020 (13)

When the armed conflict erupted in Marawi last year, many residents were forced to leave their homes and livelihood to avoid being enveloped in the chaos. As a result, many were wounded and lost loved ones during the escape. Now that the battle has finally ceased, residents are faced with yet another daunting task of rebuilding their lives from what’s left.

Rebuilding Marawi will take months and perhaps years, but  together with the Philippines Government, EVF and IPAO are committed to providing eye care to the people of Marawi, and in so doing hopefully give them hope for a brighter, clearer tomorrow.

EVF has committed to provide 20,000 eyeglasses for Marawi residents by 2020. IPAO, together with the Philippines Government and partner organisations will provide optometrists to conduct vision screenings for the residents.

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MEET OUR BENEFICIARIES & VOLUNTEERS

Vitancur Severa
Mendoza

Domestic helper, 39

“These free eye check-ups and glasses are a great help to me as I could not afford them.”

Anouluck
Philavanh

Retired staff at Viengthong Village, 55

“In all my working life I have never seen any day like today.”

2. Anouluck Philanvanh circle

Bao
Tram

Student from Phu My Secondary School, 15

“When I got blurred vision, I always wished I had a pair of eyeglasses – they are like a friend of mine which I use everyday.”

Bao Tram

Wee Sing
Ong

Volunteer from Essilor R&D, 
Center for Innovation & Technology Asia

“This showed me the need for such outreach projects as people often don’t have access to the services we offered them.”

Wee Sing Ong